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SR-71 Revealed: The Inside Story Paperback – July 7, 1996
"Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)" by David Sedaris
In one of the most anticipated books of 2017, David Sedaris tells a story that is, literally, a lifetime in the making. Pre-order today
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A veteran of fifteen years of assignments within the SR-71 community, Colonel Richard H. Graham is uniquely qualified to tell the Blackbird's story. Crew member, instructor pilot, chief of the standardization/evaluation division, Colonel Graham was named SR-71 Squadron Commander, 1st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, in January 1981. A command pilot with more than 4,600 military flying hours, he has earned military decorations and awards including the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with three oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with eighteen oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device and one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, Combat Readiness Medal with one oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four service stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Colonel Graham's books on the SR-71 include SR-71 Revealed: The Inside Story and SR-71 Blackbird: Stories, Tales and Legends. He lives in Plano, Texas.
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Simply flying the Habu clearly was a skill owned by very few highly gifted aviators, and even fewer were able to successfully fly the demanding operations very close to (and probably more than a few times inside) enemy territory in this unarmed aircraft. The technical challenges and solutions developed in the late 50s and early 60s are staggering and clearly pushed the very edge of the envelop at that time for flying operations. The capabilities that the Blackbird was able to consistently reproduce on every flight are still unmatched today, in the era of UAVs and much improved satellites. And let's face it, this aircraft has like few others a special charm and flair!
With this highly interesting material, the reader should expect a lot of technical content, coupled with some gripping flying stories. While they are there in this book, they get lost among the rather awkward structure of the book and the extremely dry narrative. A much better example (and with much more technical information) is Lockheed Blackbird: Beyond the Secret Missions (General Aviation), if you can get a copy. Hopefully some farseeing editor in the future will undertake the task of finding a suitable co-author and get Col. Graham to rewrite this book.